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Police capture assault suspect

CLEMSON — Police arrested a man suspected of assaulting a woman and trying to steal from her apartment after asking for the public’s help in finding him. Clemson police chief Jimmy Dixon More »

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Cold for a cause

Rocky Nimmons/Courier Pickens County Courthouse employees joined the cold-water challenge for charity craze that is sweeping the nation last week. Employees gathered behind the courthouse and got sprayed by a Pickens fire More »

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Six Mile woman celebrates 100 years

Courtesy James M. Pitts Lillian Cook Stewart recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at Six Mile Town Hall. SIX MILE — Hundreds of family and friends gathered in the More »

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Green Wave take Food Fight Bowl, fundraising continues

Kerry Gilstrap/Courier Sam Wyche presents Easley High School football coach Grayson Howell with the Food Fight trophy after the Green Wave beat rival Pickens on Friday night. PICKENS — On Friday, the More »

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Gap Hill Church of God comes together to refurbish steeple

SIX MILE — The Gap Hill Church of God church building had developed a small roof leak around the steeple, and church officials decided the best method of repairing it was to More »

After the opener

I’m not sure how I do it. Every year I get myself excited for the Clemson football season, as if they are going to be undefeated and win the national championship. That’s not really a good excuse, because in 1981 the Tigers were undefeated and won the national championship, yet somehow my check from the school must have gotten lost in the mail.

6-25 Page 4A.inddSo the lesson is that if Clemson is undefeated and wins the national championship, my pay remains the same as if the team lost every game of the season. So why do I get so excited every year?

This season I was really excited. All we needed to do was beat Georgia, somehow upset Florida State, then win the rivalry game against the Gamecocks — a tall order since they have won five straight years against Clemson.

But we didn’t even do the first one. Now upsetting Florida State in a couple of weeks looks unlikely, and who knows what will happen when we play those birds from Columbia. And North Carolina is looking iffy too. And Louisville, Duke, Wake Forest

Police capture assault suspect

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CLEMSON — Police arrested a man suspected of assaulting a woman and trying to steal from her apartment after asking for the public’s help in finding him.

Clemson police chief Jimmy Dixon issued a news release last week saying officers were “desperately” looking for Charnel Wayne Johnson, 35, of Pickens.

Shortly after midnight on Aug. 20, Pickens County sheriff’s deputies were able to find and arrest Johnson.

“The assistance of (sheriff Rick Clark) and his personnel cannot go understated in searching for Johnson,” Dixon

Bus purchase creates debate

Board OKs buying buses despite discord

By Ben Robinson
Staff Reporter

brobinson@thepccourier.com

COUNTY — After considerable debate and disagreement, the Pickens County School Board voted 4-2 Monday night to purchase two new activity buses for around $250,000.

8-27 Page 1A.inddBoard chairman Alex Saitta objected because the proposed money for the buses would come from the district’s general fund.

“That’s education dollars,” he said.

Board member Judy Edwards said the buses are needed.

“The activity buses don’t just go to sports,” Edwards said. “These buses are important to our children’s safety.”

Edwards pointed out that the buses are often used for field trips and educational experiences.

“Activity buses don’t just go to sports. We take children to aquariums (and) we take children to the museums,” Edwards said. “There are educational activities. It’s not just to go play a sport. These activities are very, very important in our children’s education. And just sitting in a classroom is not the only way to educate children.”

Saitta suggested that the board search the budget and find items not as important as the activity buses and cut them

Cold for a cause

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Pickens County Courthouse employees joined the cold-water challenge for charity craze that is sweeping the nation last week. Employees gathered behind the courthouse and got sprayed by a Pickens fire truck to raise money and awareness for the Pickens County Guardian ad Litem program.

 


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